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Ontario Legislative Building, Toronto

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The Ontario Legislative Building is a structure in central Toronto, Ontario that houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, as well as the viceregal suite of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and offices for members of the provincial parliament . The building is surrounded by Queen's Park, sitting on that part south of Wellesley Street, which is the former site of King's College, and which is leased from the university by the provincial Crown for a "peppercorn" payment of CAD$1 per annum on a 999 year term.The building and the provincial government are both often referred to by the metonym "Queen's Park".CharacteristicsDesigned by Richard A. Waite, the Ontario Legislative Building is an asymmetrical, five storey structure built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, with a load-bearing iron frame. This is clad inside and out in Canadian materials where possible; the 10.5 million bricks were made by inmates of the Central Prison, and the Ontario sandstone—with a pink-hue that has earned the building the colloquial name of The Pink Palace—comes from the Credit River valley and Orangeville, Ontario, and was given a rustic finish for most of the exterior, but dressed for trim around windows and other edges. There can also be seen over the edifice a multitude of stone carvings, including gargoyles, grotesques, and friezes. The exterior is punctuated with uncharacteristically large windows, allowed by the nature of the iron structure.
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  • Interesting place to know more about Canadian history. Beautiful and well kept place with guides speaking English or French. And, the best part, its all free.  more »
  • The mix of political drama and excitement and the passion for architecture was almost too much to bear on the tour. They were exceptionally accommodating and really nice staff and security. We got to ...  more »
  • This Castle-Palace houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Around the building there is a magnificent Royal Park. If time is available, be sure to take a stroll here and lay on this event for about two hours.
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  • Great building. My wife and I got a free and a private tour when we came in, which was nice. The tour covered a lot of interesting about the building and especially the Legislative Assembly - it was quite informative! There are definitely things to take pictures of inside.
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  • Beautiful buildings and a sense of history make this place wonderful for family outings. Beautiful gardens and statues of notable lawmakers in Ontario.
  • If you do the tour, keep in mind it is a working building and not a museum. So just a few small historical exhibits, and the tour may get cut short if something is happening in the building. The tour is 1/2hr and interesting nevertheless. Worth doing.
  • Cool place to visit. The tours are well worth it and very informative. Would recommend a visit.